It is now less than a year until:
The First International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien's Invented
Languages (Informally "Omentielva Minya", or just "Omentielva")
August 4 to 8, 2005
University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Chairman: Bill Welden
Papers Coordinator: Beregond, Anders Stenström
Facility Coordinator: Professor Nils-Lennart Johannesson
Membership: US$90 through July 4, 2005
Note that our web address has changed (from .org to .com).
Now would be a great time to register and to begin to think about
your travel plans.
The following thirty-one people are currently planning on attending:
Rich Alderson, Cirk Bejnar, Måns Björkman, Ales Bican, Bertrand
Bellet, Beregond, Julian Bradfield, Ryszard Derdzinski, Ivan
Derzhanski, Terry Dock, Helge Fauskanger, Hans-Jürgen Fischer,
Björn Fromén, John Garth, Ann-Sofie Gyllenhaal, Pavel Iosad,
Nils-Lennart Johannesson, Benkt Philip Jonsson, David Kiltz, Edouard
Klozko, Per Lindberg, Candon Maclean, Carolyn Noonan, Mark
Noseworthy, Catherine Otis, Boris Shapiro, Fredrik Ström, Petri
Tikka, Bill Welden, Didier Willis, and Magnus Ågberg.
Others have indicated an interest as well, ranging from "will
probably attend" to "don't count me out just yet".
Everyone is encouraged to prepare, bring, and deliver a paper on any
aspect of Tolkien's languages. The program will consist of listening
to and discussing the papers; as well as meeting each other, breaking
bread together, and generally enjoying each other's company.
Registration includes basic food and sleeping space (though you may
want to make additional arrangements yourself for both -- see the web
site for more information).
This will be the first of a series of biennial conferences. The
location of the second (2007) conference will be announced at this
first conference, and we will also vote on proposals for the site of
the third (2009). If you are interested in hosting the 2007
conference or in presenting a proposal for the 2009 conference,
please contact me right away at BillW@...
The proceedings of these conferences will be published in a new
special series, _Arda Philology_. The volume from this first
conference will be made available to the attendees as a benefit of
membership, and (subject to availability and at a price yet to be
determined) to all other interested parties. Our intention is that it
be stimulating and insightful enough to show up on the reference
shelf of every serious scholar of Tolkien. You do not need to deliver
a paper to attend, nor do you need to attend to send a paper (we will
certainly find someone to read it for you); but we hope you do both.
There is more information (and you can sign up) at our web site:
Write to me at BillW@...
with questions or feedback. For
information about registration or papers (*especially* if you would
like to present one) write to: Beregond@...
This is going to be an exciting event, with lots of interesting
people discussing all the interesting topics. If you think the
conversation proceeds quickly here on-line, wait till you get in a
room with thirty smart, passionate people who have been thinking
about these issues for years (some for most of their lives). I'm
really looking forward to it.
I hope we see you there!